It's a real headscratcher, an acutely sad and critically important one: the ongoing misunderstanding and persecution of wolves. Despite the incontrovertible research and evidence put forth by wildlife biologists and other informed advocates of this noble animal, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed stripping federal protection from nearly all gray wolves in the lower 48. This "delisting" means the wolf would no longer qualify for Endangered Species status, which translates to open season on the animal via the rifles, traps and poison of the Western states' ranching and farming industries. But if we can't always control what's happening with the precarious situation of Canis lupus in the wild, we can at least see them alive and healthy at Wolf Fest 2013. This all-day event (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) takes place at the Endangered Wolf Center (6750 Tyson Valley Road, Eureka; 636-938-5900 or www.endangeredwolfcenter.org). The family-centric setup allows you to see some of the world's most endangered species of wolves and photograph them. Exhibits, vendors, food and beer, a gift shop and a silent auction are also included. Cost of entry is $25 per carload.
Sat., Sept. 28, 2013